Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Focus on India's new T20I skipper as selectors set to meet. Rohit Sharma is the leading contender to take over the reins
Rohit Sharma is the leading contender to take over the reins
The national selection committee of the Indian team is expected to meet in the next couple of days to pick the squad for the upcoming home series against New Zealand. The meeting is immensely significant considering that the Chetan Sharma-led panel will have to pick the new Twenty20 skipper as Virat Kohli, the current all-format leader, has already announced that he would not lead the team in the shortest format after the ongoing T20 WC.
The current vice-captain Rohit Sharma is the leading contender but there is a possibility that the seniors are rested for the three Twenty20 International matches as the players have been on the road since April – the IPL, followed by the WTC final, Test series in England, then again the IPL and now the T20 WC.
While Kohli hasrelinquished only the captaincy of the T20I format, there could've discussion if split captaincy for the white-ball formats is needed. A couple of selectors – chairman Chetan Sharma and member Abey Kuruvilla – are in Dubai. The rest are in India.
The players to be picked for the tour are likely to be asked to report by November 10, to undergo a five-day quarantine before a couple of days of practice. Meanwhile, the formalities over the appointment of India's next head coach are yet to be completed. There is a likelihood that Rahul Dravid, who has already applied for the position, may also join them by then. There is still ambiguity over the support staff members. The deadline for the head coach position ended on October 26 but the deadline for the submission of applications for other coaches – batting, bowling and fielding – is November 3. It is not clear if the interviews will be completed by November 10. It is learned that applications from some non-cricketers were apparently received.
While the decisions appear to remain a formality, even the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) which will have to interview the head coach, has also not been formed as one of its members, Madan Lal, has already completed his tenure by virtue of being over 70. Over the next one week, the BCCI will have to take a lot of decisions.
New Zealand kickstart their tour with a T20I on November 17 in Jaipur followed by T20Is on November 19 (Ranchi) and November 21 (Kolkata). The two Tests are from November 25-29 (Kanpur) and December 3-7 (Mumbai).